Prakash's work on Bikes Garners Attention
Joint Hire in Human Rights and Economics, Dr. Nishite Prakash's research on Bikes among school age girls in India is garnering attention in multiple publications. Also listed below are two videos about the project that explains it in an easily understood and engaging format.
It has recently been cited or discussed at length by the World Bank, The Economist, and The Atlantic.
International Growth Centre researchers Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego) and Nishith Prakash (University of Connecticut) found that in the northern Indian state of Bihar giving every 14-year-old schoolgirl the money to buy a bike helped to raise school enrolment by around 30%. Here they talk about the second part of their research: Why this happened.
The researchers have also been interviewed by the IGC and the clips are available on Youtube:
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Indian schoolgirls ride bicycles, received under a Bihar state government program, on the outskirts of Patna, India. (Prashant Ravi/Reuters)